The purpose of this blog is to provide an open forum for discussion of the aims of the society; news from the wider Church and details of Masses and events of interest in the diocese. The Latin Mass Society in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough expresses its full filial devotion and loyalty to Holy Mother Church, Pope Francis and Bishop Drainey.


12 Noon. Every Sunday Missa Cantata
York Oratory (
Church of St Wilfrid)
Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

8:15am Monday-Friday
9:15am Saturday

Feast Days (as advertised) usually at 6pm.

Church of St Andrew, Fabian Road, Teesville. TS6 9BA

3pm Sunday.

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel
119 Cottingham Road, Hull. HU5 2DH
7.30pm Every Thursday. Low Mass.


4pm. Every Sunday
York Oratory (
Church of St Wilfrid)
Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

Compline and Vespers (as advertised)
(see link to the Rudgate Singers Calendar below)
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior. YO1 6EN

30 July 2007

York Services for August

We're maintaining a regular schedule of services throughout August. We would of course be delighted to see as many of you as possible. Commencing later this year, we hope to start singing Vespers [particularly Sunday Vespers] more often. These dates will be confirmed by email and placed in the Calendar in our website when we have them.


Sunday 5th August. 8pm. Compline. St Mary's Bishophill Jnr

Sunday 12th August. 8pm Compline, St Mary's Bishophill Jnr

Sunday 19th August 6pm. Solemn Missa Cantata. English Martyrs' Church

Sunday 26th August 8pm. Compline, St Mary's Bishophill Jnr

These of course, are subject to change/cancellation, so it's worth checking the website to make sure.

16 July 2007

Next Weekend...

Some of us haven't time to rest on our laurels [if we had any to start with!] As soon as the monthly Indult Mass is over, we move onwards to the annual Founders-Day Requiem Mass at Barnard Castle on Saturday.

Let me quote the message I sent to BBC Radio Cleveland which was very kindly mentioned on their Sunday Morning programme yesterday.

For the last 3 years we've sung for the Annual Founders-Day Requiem Mass at St Mary's Catholic Church, Barnard Castle. The Founders being John and Josephine Bowes, who also of course, founded the Bowes Museum, literally next door to the church! Indeed, the church was once in the grounds of the museum, but is now separate.

The service is a Traditinal Rite [or, as we'll now have to get used to saying, the extraordinary Use of the Roman Rite!] Latin Mass, sung exclusively to Gregorian Chant by our Schola Cantorum. Anyone [Catholic or not] is welcome to come.

The 4th annual service is on Saturday July 21st at 12.00 noon. This is always followed by drinks and light snacks in the marquee in the church grounds.

Needless to say, if any of you can come, we would be delighted to see you! I have two spaces in my car should anyone need transport from York.....



Yesterday's Mass was another success. Again we had a congregation of 50+, but it is quite clear that we need more servers and singers to come forward. We need you! Tuition can be provided for servers, and whilst it would help, sight-reading is not essential for singers, enthusiasm and a desire to learn is more important.

Please get in touch with either Paul or myself via the websites below. We would be delighted to hear from you!

For the record, the Schola Cantorum sang the Propers of the Mass, other chant pieces at Offertory & Communion, the Salve Regina and the Solemn Te Deum. We also managed to get [just!] enough singers to sing most of Byrd's Mass for 3 Voices.


09 July 2007

Order of Service for Sunday + Volunteers needed to sing!

This can be found at

Sorry about the format. My [usually] reliable computer decided not to play and refused to download the rtf file. Feel free to edit and save in the Word Processor of your choice!

As you will see, the music has not been decided completely yet. We would still love to be able to sing Byrd 3 but still need an extra Tenor(s) - and a Bass would be desirable also. We have a rehearsal already aranged for the Chant on Saturday evening. I'm more than happy to include the polyphony in this if we get people who wish to sing it. Failing that, we will just sing the Missa de Angelis.

Please email me [especially if you are a Tenor :-) ] if you are able to sing via the Rudgate Singers Link to the right of this page, and I'll provide you with music and rehearsal details.



08 July 2007

Summorum Pontificum

The Motu Proprio has indeed been published, and it contains all that traditionalists had hoped for. Here is a summary.

When saying a private Masses, priests will be free to choose between the "ordinary form" (novus ordo) and the "extraordinary form" (Tridentine) without reference to their bishop.

In a parish, the extraordinary form (Tridentine) may be used if there is a stable group that requests it.

There is provision for "personal parishes", using the traditional rites, to be set up at the discretion of the bishop.

The above applies to weddings, funerals, pilgrimages etc.

The implementation date is 14th September. Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross.

For the full text, see Vatican website or Rorate Caeil website.

06 July 2007

Mass at York Sunday 15th July

There will be a solumn Mass at the Church of the English Martyrs in York on 15th July at 6.00pm. Since this will be the first opportunity to celebrate the publication of Summorum Pontificum we are looking for a good attendance.

Summorum Pontificum

It is now known that the name of Pope Benedict's motu proprio concerning the freeing of the traditional liturgy is Summorum Pontificum and that it will be published at noon on Saturday 7th July (tomorrow).

A brief summary will be posted on this site, although I am sure that the full text, together with the accompanying letter to bishops, will be easily found on the Vatican website and probably on many others.